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Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
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I sometimes cough up little balls of clear mucus. They are small and jelly like consistency. I have allergies and post nasal drip. What are these?

I sometimes cough up little balls of clear mucus. They are small and jelly like consistency. I have allergies and post nasal drip. What are these?

Allergies..: When you experience nasal allergies the mucus is collected in the upper respiratory tract and drains from your nose to the back of your throat sort to say. That is the clear mucus you are noticing. ...Read more

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Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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Dr. Philip Miller
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When I cough, I cough up clear mucus with little light brown specks all through it what is it ?

When I cough, I cough up clear mucus with little light brown specks all through it what is it ?

Old blood-mucous: get examined and have mucous cultured for a bacterial infection. Get a chest x ray and stop smoking. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Find it a hard time to take a deep breath and when I do take one i let a out a cough and sometime a little bit of mucus comes out. What could it be?

Find it a hard time to take a deep breath and when I do take one i let a out a cough and sometime a little bit of mucus comes out. What could it be?

Respiratory issues: Difficulty breathing on exhalation with mucus production is commonly seen in asthma. Difficulty breathing on inspiration with a cough is commonly seen with vocal cord dysfunction. Some people have both. A physician can perform spirometry (lung function test) to assess and provide recommendations for a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Dr. Marina Armendariz
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Hello, i find it a hard time to take a deep breathe and when I do take a deep breath i let a out a cough and sometime a little bit of mucus comes out ?

Hello, i find it a hard time to take a deep breathe and when I do take a deep breath i let a out a cough and sometime a little bit of mucus comes out ?

Short of breath: Do you have asthma? How long have you been feeling short of breath? This could be a few different things, you could have allergies, sinus infection, asthma to name a few. Try some over the counter allergy medcation and if that doesnt alleviate your symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sokol
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I am getting over a cold, I have a lingering cough that has been accompanied by coughing up mucus, clear sometimes round jelly like balls. Am i ok?

Likely OK: It is not uncommon to have a lingering cough after an upper respiratory infection that can last up to a month. As long as the mucus is mot often clear and your not feeling feverish or with chills or significant chest pain, there's little to worry about. ...Read more

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Why do I have little bit of blood when i cough out mucus?

Why do I have little bit of blood when i cough out mucus?

Not unusual: It is not unusual to sometimes get a bit of blood in mucus when you cough forceful or clear your throat repeatedly. Stay hydrated to thin mucus and reduce the need to cough or clear throat as much. If you are getting a teaspoon or more of blood/ bloody mucus when you cough or clear your throat, you should see you primary doctor promptly. ...Read more

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Dr. Anthony Rooklin
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I'm having this cough again that is very dry with very little white mucus and sometimes won't go out and tightens my chest ? I've had bronchitis last

I'm having this cough again that is very dry with very little white mucus and sometimes won't go out and tightens my chest ?
I've had bronchitis last

Asthma: I'm suspicious that your persistant cough may be a form of asthma. It does not sound like you are infected. I would wonder if the cough wakes you up at night or if it gets worse with exercise. If it continues you should see your physician. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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